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Highlights of Malta & Sicily

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From $3,376 AUD
  • 14 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Malta, Valletta, Mdina, Dingli, Mosta, Ta' Qali, Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Senglea, Gozo, Comino, Catania, Siracusa, Modica, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Monreale, Palermo, Cefalu, Taormina

    Group Size:
    1 to 40
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Italian, French
    Type: Multi Country Trips, Package, Partially Guided Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Combine the rugged landscape and breathtaking coastline of Malta and its islands and tantalise your senses with Sicilian food and culture

  • Tour the Capital of Valletta with the famous Barracca Gardens & views of the Grand Harbour
  • Uncover the three cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa & Senglea, left largely unvisited these cities offer a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes
  • Journey to the island of Gozo complete with historical sites, forts and stunning panorama
  • Experience the Capital of Sicily, Palermo
  • Visit the Greek colony of Siracusa
  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villa Romana del Casale
  • Visit the coastal town of Cefalu
  • Explore the tiny streets of charming Taormina also known as “the pearl of the Ionian Sea”
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Arrival transfer from Airport to your hotel. Afternoon spent at leisure. Overnight in Malta.

Half day tour of Valletta. See the Barracca Gardens with its view of the Grand Harbour, St John’s Co-Cathedral with its caravaggio painting and the Grand Masters Palace. End with the Malta experience multi-vision show that depicts the country’s history. Overnight in Malta.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Full day tour includes a visit to the Citadel of Mdina and its view of the island. Stop at the catacombs before proceeding to the Dingli Cliffs. Visit the San Anton Gardens and the Mosta church with its impressive dome. End the day at the crafts centre of Ta’Qali. Overnight in Malta.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Half day tour of the historical area begins with a drive past Cospicua to Vittoriosa. Discover on foot the old, narrow streets and buildings. Take a ‘fregatina’ for a tour of the famous harbour creeks, a unique way to view the fortifications. End the tour in Senglea with its watchtower in the centre of the harbour. Overnight in Malta.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Travel to Gozo. Visit the Megalithic temples of Ggantija, the Citadel in Victoria and beautiful Xlendi Bay. Free time at the local markets. Return to Malta. Overnight in Malta.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch

Make your own way to the port. Board the cruise and sail to the Blue Lagoon in Comino. Day at leisure on the island. Overnight in Malta.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Transfer to Malta airport for flight to Catania (flights not included). On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Catania.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

After breakfast, depart for Syracusa where you will visit the archaeological area of “Neapolis” including the famous Greek theatre, Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. You will then continue to the island of Ortigia, the
small baroque old city centre of Siracusa where you will visit the Cathedral, which is built upon the site of the Temple of Minerva, the legendary Arethuse Fountain and the Temple of Apollo. Lunch is in a local Restaurant. In the afternoon return to Catania for a nice walking tour. Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Catania.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure to Modica. Modica is a known for it’s ancient history, nicknamed “the city of 100 churches” and some of its most representative monuments, such as the Cathedral of San Pietro and the Church of San Giorgio, have been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tour will then continue with a visit inside the Artisan chocolate workshop; there you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of “the Modican’s chocolate”. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, continue to the ancient city “Ragusa Ibla”, cradle of Sicilian baroque. After the short tour enjoy some free time to explore the town. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Ragusa.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well-preserved mosaics depicting mythological themes and hunting scenes. Lunch in a local restaurant with a special menu chosen to give you the opportunity to taste all the local specialities. Departure to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll have a  guided tour of the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, which is in almost perfectly preserved condition, the temples of Juno and Heracles. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Agrigento.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast departure to Palermo, the capital of Sicily. At the arrival visit the town of Monreale, situated on a hill at few kms far from Palermo in panoramic position. After lunch continuation for a panoramic tour of Palermo, passing by the Normand Palace, Teatro Massimo and more. Then transfer to your hotel for dinner. Overnight in Palermo.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning visit the historical centre of the town, one of the largest in Europe. After the guided tour, depart to Cefalù a former fishing village, which is now a charming coastal town. Lunch in a local restaurant. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down the main street to reach the Arab-Norman Cathedral and the perfectly restored medieval wash house built in the rock. Proceed to Taormina. Overnight at Taormina.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning at leisure or for those who are interested, opportunity to take an optional excursion to Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe (Weather conditions permitting, supplement on the spot, minimum number of participants for it to operate.). Overnight in Taormina.

Meals Included:
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, the tour concludes. End of our services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

6 nights accommodation in Malta

2 nights accommodation in Catania

1 night accommodation in Ragusa

1 night accommodation in Agrigento

1 night accommodation in Palermo

2 nights accommodation in Taormina

Touring with multilingual guide

Tours as per itinerary

13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Malta shared return transfers

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle during sightseeing tours

Optional excursion to Mount Etna from Taormina on day 13

Porterage at hotels on days 8 – 14 of itinerary

Entrance fees to the following sites:

  • St Johns co-cathedral, Malta
  • Neapolis and Dome, Siracusa
  • Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina
  • Valley of Temples, Agrigento
  • Martorana Church, Palermo
  • Dome + handling fees, Monreale

Flight from Malta to Catania

Tips and gratuities

Tourist taxes (these are paid locally)

Passport or visa fees

Any beverages or food not listed in itinerary

Baggage and personal insurance of any kind

Any other items of personal nature

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All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

The Victoria Hotel Malta
Gorg Borg Olivier Street Sliema, SLM 1807, Malta
Tel: +356 2133 4711
Rating
4.5
The Victoria Hotel Malta
Il Principe Hotel Catania
Via Alessi, 24, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
Tel: 39 095 250 0345
Rating
Il Principe Hotel Catania
Mercure Excelsior Catania
Piazza Giovanni Verga, 39, 95129 Catania CT, Italy
Tel: +39 095 747 6111
Rating
3.5
Mercure Excelsior Catania
Poggio Del Sole Resort Ragusa
SP25, Km 5,7, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Tel: +39 0932 668521
Rating
4.5
Poggio Del Sole Resort Ragusa
Mediterraneo Palace Ragusa
Via Roma, 189, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Tel: +39 0932 621944
Rating
4
Mediterraneo Palace Ragusa
Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
Lungomare Falcone - Borsellino, 1, 92100 San Leone AG, Italy
Tel: +39 0922 406111
Rating
3.5
Hotel Dioscuri Bay Palace
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Via dei, Via Cartari, 18, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
Tel: +39 091 320075
Rating
4.5
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa
Villa Diodoro Taormina
Via Bagnoli Croci, 75, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
Tel: +39 0942 23312
Rating
4
Villa Diodoro Taormina

Important things to note

Rates do not include the Malta Environmental Contribution. This is to be paid locally to the hotels.

Sequence of the tour portion is subject to change. Tour portion can be a combination of different regular tours therefore, coach change may be required.

The same people may not be travelling throughout your package tour.

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Reviews for Highlights of Malta & Sicily

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Room for improvement

Review for: Sicilian Classics

Room for improvement. Title says it all. Basic accommodation, nothing special. Tour guide & driver didn't seem like they wanted to be there. Overall it really just felt like I was using them to get from A to B and doing everything else myself.
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Daniel
Review of Jolly Sicily Tour

Review for: Jolly Sicily Tour

Review of Jolly Sicily Tour Palermo to Palermo tour of Sicily. (7 nights) The tour itself was comprehensive and covered most of the major sights that we wanted to see in Sicily. We choose Jolly Sicily Tour because of it’s start in Palermo, enabling us to spend more time in the city without backtracking. The hotels were of good quality and the restaurants selected for lunches were, for the most part, excellent. As I recall, all meals were included in the price, including wine and water at lunchtime but at the evening (hotel) meals wine and beer were usually extra. Our guide, Valentina was quite knowledgeable about the sites we visited and was able to answer most questions with accuracy, The bus drivers were friendly and provided a safe experience. However an over-reliance on GPS and an apparent unfamiliarity with some of the towns resulted in some gross misdirection's thus creating issues related to punctuality which impacted the time allowed at some of the sights. I was able to contact the company’s offices part way through the trip, to express my concerns on this issue and they took some steps which partially corrected the issue. So I expect it will not be an issue for future travellers. There is a reasonable amount of walking required, as was expected, so anyone with mobility issues should be prepared. But this is typical of group tours in Italy. Sicily is a quite mountainous region so several cities were located on the sides of hills. So a hiking pole may be worth packing. I would recommend, should you wish to see Palermo that you add on an additional 2 nights before or after the trip. There is quite a lot to see, and there are several musical theatres in Palermo so a night at the opera might be something to consider. Again the tour company did arrange our extra nights at the same hotel so we did not have to worry about booking or changing hotels. For those with limited time a tour like this gives a good overview of the country, However selecting the town of Ragusa as an overnight stop was, in hindsight a waste of time since it offered little to see in the time allotted. It also necessitated a backtrack of several km to Modica, a town we had passed the night before. Most sights visited allowed a reasonable amount of time for a general overview but for serious history buffs it night be considered a bit too rushed. If you feel the need to fully immerse yourself in the culture and spend a full day or more exploring each town you will most likely need to do it on your own or look at a customized private trip which will add significantly to the price.
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Cristina Maletta
Recently booked 6 clients on

Review for: Classic Tour of Sicily

Recently booked 6 clients on the Sicily mini carousel tour from Catania to Palermo. I have personally done this trip before and loved it. My clients came back absolutely thrilled with their time in Sicily on this tour. Their guide was amazing, the accommodation fantastic and the value of this tour is well worth it.
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Reply from Sun Island Tours
Hi Cristina, we really appreciate the time you've taken to leave your review. Catania to Palermo is our shortest of 14 Sicily Tours and gives our guests a wonderful snapshot of that amazing island. I'm glad they got in before the crowds, because Sicily is booking! Regards Paul @ Sun Island Tours

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Highlights of Malta & Sicily

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(3 Reviews)
From $3,376 AUD
  • 14 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Malta, Valletta, Mdina, Dingli, Mosta, Ta' Qali, Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Senglea, Gozo, Comino, Catania, Siracusa, Modica, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Monreale, Palermo, Cefalu, Taormina

    Group Size:
    1 to 40
    Age Range:
    0 to 99
    Languages: English, Italian, French
    Travel Style: Multi Country Trips, Package, Partially Guided Tours

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